Since there were a lot of stores selling candy there, the area was called “Ame-ya Yokocho” (Candy Store Lane). It was also called “America Yokocho” because it sold contraband goods from the US army. The two names got confusing so it’s said that the name ended up as “Ameyoko”. In the past, there were markets in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro, but now there is only Ameyoko in Ueno. There are 520 stores selling everything from foods and products for everyday living to clothing, watches and health goods. Ameyoko is a street that has a very inexpensive image with many shops that offer products that are cheaper than usual.
Shoten A store that sells chocolate at very cheap prices.
Niku no Ohyama
A meat shop that also directly runs a stand-up bar famous for its menchikatsu and croquettes. They go well with beer.
An izakaya where you can drink right from 10 in the morning. The specialty is the motsu-nikomi (stewed innards). With the feeling of a stand, it’s very easy to enter.
Center Building Underground Food Market
Selling foods not just from Japan, but also South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and many other nations, you can come across many interesting ingredients. 70% of the shoppers are foreigners.
It has a menu with several dozen types of donburi (rice bowl dishes). Along with the restaurant, it also manages a takoyaki stand so the lineups are very long. There is online shopping and the number of shops open 24 hours a day have increased, but as the options for consumers have gone up, Ameyoko has still stuck with the over-the-counter selling. Haggling is a matter of course. You can do your shopping without worry while enjoying the banter.